8 Committments of Ethical Culture
The most central human issue in our lives is creating a more humane
Creating a more humane environment begins by affirming the need to make
significant choices in our lives.
To enable us to be whole in a fragmented world, we choose to treat each
other as unique individuals having intrinsic worth.
Treating one another as ends requires that we learn to act with
integrity. This includes keeping commitments, and being honest, open,
caring and responsive.
Personal progress is possible, both in wisdom and social life. Learning
how to build ethical relationships and cultivate a humane community is a
Growth of the human spirit is rooted in self-reflection, but can only
come to full flower in community. This is because people are social,
needing both primary relationships and larger supportive groups to
become fully human. Our social nature requires that we reach beyond
ourselves to decrease suffering and increase creativity in the world.
The democratic process is essential to a humane social order because
respect for the worth of persons requires democratic process which
elicits and allows a greater expression of human capacities.
Although awareness of impending death intensifies the human quest, the
mystery of life itself, and the need to belong, are the primary factors
motivating human religious response.